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My Story: Claire

Last year I didn’t know it but I was still struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, diagnosed later by my GP, as the result of a violent relationship and ongoing psychological bullying from my ex partner. I wasn’t a habitual drinker but I was using alcohol as a coping mechanism when he was harassing me & I was feeling vulnerable. This culminated in my arrest for being drunk in charge of a minor & my son was removed from my custody. I was devastated.

The help I got from SMART was immeasurable. The weekly groups and, especially, the one to one help I received changed my outlook on myself and turned around my lack of confidence.

I am happy, healthy & more confident. I have a new relationship, the first since my ex partner, and above all my son is back with me. Thanks to my worker and SMART!

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